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Inside the Statehouse: One Vote Can Make a Difference

By Steve Flowers, political analyst Some of us who were former legislators, who served our counties in the legislature a long time, were considered by many to always be their legislator.  A good many of my former constituents still call me with questions or problems. Some ask me how to get in touch with their congressman or senator about a certain issue so that they can express their opinion.  They invariab ...

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Op-ed | “Politically correct” isn’t always God-approved

By Erica Thomas, managing editor Here in the south, Christianity seems to be a way of life for many. Our faith in God is the driving force behind many decisions made within state and local government, schools and communities statewide. But more and more, Christians are being challenged by non-believers to put their religion aside in order to be “politically correct.” Some decisions made in our state, that h ...

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REFLECTIONS: Living Responsibly In The Kingdom Of God

By Michael J. Brooks I taught recently in our church about the concept of Christian liberty vs. Christian responsibility. The Apostle Paul introduced the idea in 1 Corinthians when he wrote about meat having been offered to idols. After its use in pagan worship, the meat was discounted and sold in the marketplace. Some early Christians purchased and consumed it while others believed the practice respected p ...

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FAITH: Kindness can change a life

By Mike Ennis, Faith Community Fellowship Springville Campus Pastor   Sometimes life is filled with a lot of hurt and darkness. There are so many who hide their pain. They are people that you see every day. You pass them in the grocery store, your office and even your church. It is a good reminder that we all have the opportunity, if we’ll watch, to be hope and healing to others. Sue’s story, though overwhe ...

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Inside the Statehouse: Past Prominent State Legislators

By Steve Flowers The 2019 legislative session is now in the books. As each session is observed, it is apparent that primary, powerful, state senators control the flow and outcome of any and all legislative sessions.   Current Alabama State Senators Del Marsh, Jabo Waggoner, Greg Reed, and Arthur Orr wield immense influence.   This has been true throughout history.  The annals of political history ...

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Kids talk about God: How can God help me when I’m really down?

By Carey Kinsolving and Friends "He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3). “It means he fixes our soul,” says Graham, 8.  “When we are down, he puts us back on our feet,” adds Wes, 10. The author of this Psalm started as a shepherd boy and became a king. As a shepherd, David restored many scared sheep by setting them on their feet. Sheep with ...

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FAITH: Gossip vs. Grace

By Michael J. Brooks He was a pastor and quite a raconteur who entertained audiences with good stories and humor. He was also known for his hand-written letters in the days before texting and email overtook pen and paper. I received a chatty letter or two after hosting him at an event in our church. But I remember one letter he sent that bothered me. Another pastor was accused of a crime, but not charged by ...

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FAITH: Even Worse Than Before

By Tyler Warner The Gospels are full of stories of Jesus casting out demons. These evil spirits variously caused sicknesses and deformities, drove their victims insane, and compelled them to commit unspeakable evils. And yet these fearful spooks were sent packing at a word from Jesus. In Luke 11:24-26, Jesus gives an intriguing insight into the world of the spirit. He says that a cast-out demon will try to ...

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OPINION: Alabama Leaders in Washington DC Must Stop Early Release of Terrorist from Prison

By Paul DeMarco, political commentator As we honor our fallen heroes this week of Memorial Day, every American should pause to reflect on the sacrifices of our sailors and soldiers. Alabama has a proud history of sending her native sons and daughters in uniform to protect our Nation, which makes the recent news out of Washington DC. is so disturbing. The American Taliban who played a role in the murder of A ...

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Reflections: Forgiving Others

By Michael J. Brooks I was in college and conducting a youth revival in an Anniston-area church. The protestant chaplain at Ft. McClellan was a member of the church, and he'd asked the pastor to conduct the Sunday morning base service in his absence. The pastor invited me to accompany him and to read scripture in the service. After I'd finished, a female officer whispered to me, "Pastor, you're supposed to ...

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